Lebanon — East Linn Christian Academy in Lebanon hosted an eight team volleyball tournament consisting of North Clackamas Christian, Triangle Lake, Colton, Willamette Valley Christian, Regis, Western Christian, Scio, and the host East Linn on Saturday. Scio and North Clackamas both swept their pools and their championship bracket semifinal, setting up for a showdown for the tournament championship Saturday afternoon.
In the championship match, Scio seized control early in the first set, taking an early 8-4 advantage, but North Clackamas rattled off a 3-0 run to close within 8-7. The Loggers responded by doubling up North Clackamas 6-3 and making it a 14-10 game midway through set one. However, North Clackamas again pulled within striking distance 16-14 and the set remained tight down the stretch before Scio closed it out on a 5-1 run to take set one 25-18 over North Clackamas.
North Clackamas flipped the script for set two, taking a tight 5-4 lead early on. After battling back and forth to scores of 7-7, 10-9, and 14-13, the Saints finally gained some breathing room with a 16-13 advantage after a long rally that stretched almost a full minute of back and forth action. However, Scio responded forcefully to losing the long rally with a 10-1 run that gave them a 23-17 lead and eventually the match 25-18 to sweep the Saints and take the East Linn Christian Tournament Title.
Scio Head Coach Lori Ramsay talked about things to improve upon for getting her team prepared for a brutal PacWest Conference schedule, “We have a tendency to not play as good of defense as we are capable of doing, and we get caught looking a lot, so this was a much better day. Although we have really heavy hitters, they are going to be responding and you just can’t ignore it coming back.” Coach Ramsay on how far away her team is from accomplishing their goals, “I would say that we are on track to accomplish those, and that we are really close to getting to where we want to go. We teach the kids in one to two week periods, which is how they learn best, and that way they aren’t getting behind either. So in about a week to two weeks they’ll be right where they need and want to be at.”
North Clackamas Head Coach Grant Nelson on his tournament performance and the positives he wants to build upon with his squad, “I think we did a great job, the girls seemed to be ready to play today. We beat the home team (East Linn) pretty badly in the first set. Volleyball is definitely a sport where you have highs and lows, but I thought we stayed pretty high all day and I’m really proud of them,” Coach Nelson on positive takeaways from their season, “We are an inexperienced team somewhat despite the fact we have seniors on our team. Right from the get go they’ve been playing some really good ball, and honestly even a little bit higher level than what I anticipated. The high so far has been when we played Damascus Christian earlier this year and just watched the girls rise to the level of play. This is the only other match we’ve lost other than that one, and it was fun to see even in a loss what these girls are capable of doing.”
Scio plays Nestucca at home on Thursday, while North Clackamas hosts Southwest Christian on Friday.